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Sweden backs sale of German coal mines to Czech group

Jan M. Olsen, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 2nd - 4:10am

Sweden's Social Democratic government said Saturday it is endorsing the sale of state-owned Vattenfall AB's four coal mines and mining assets in Germany to Czech investors, sparking harsh reactions from environmentalists.

How Michigan's new $54.9 million budget will affect you

David Eggert, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 2nd - 2:20am

Detroit school children, Flint residents and residents across the state will be affected when the next state budget takes effect in three months.

North Carolina lawmakers leave LGBT law largely intact

Jonathan Drew, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 2nd - 12:41am

A law limiting protections for LGBT people emerged largely unchanged after North Carolina lawmakers revisited it during their yearly legislative session.

Apple sued in China over showing of war film from the 1990s

Louise Watt, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 2nd - 12:41am

Apple is being sued by a subsidiary of China's broadcasting regulator over a propaganda film more than 20 years old, in the latest legal wrangling for the tech giant in China in recent weeks.

California's tough gun laws are getting stricter

Jonathan J. Cooper, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 2nd - 12:21am

California's gun laws are already some of the strictest in the nation. Next year, they're getting even more stringent.

Taj Mahal strike enters 2nd day over health care, pensions

Wayne Parry, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 10:50pm

A top manager for billionaire Carl Icahn says Atlantic City's main casino workers' union appears "hell-bent" on trying to shut down the Trump Taj Mahal casino as a strike against the struggling gambling hall enters its second day.

Commandos storm Dhaka restaurant, find 5 bodies; 12 rescued

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 10:11pm

Bangladesh forces stormed a restaurant where heavily armed militants held dozens of people hostage for 10 hours Saturday morning, triggering explosions and finding at least five bodies lying in pools of blood. Japan's government said that 12 people were rescued.

The Latest: North Carolina LGBT law left largely intact

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 8:51pm

The Latest on a North Carolina law limiting protections for the LGBT community (all times local):

Big spike in Oregon health coverage rates next year

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 7:01pm

Oregonians who buy their own health insurance will see a big jump in rates next year.

Al Gore's daughter in court after arrest at pipeline protest

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 6:21pm

Former Vice President Al Gore's daughter and other activists arrested at a protest of a natural gas pipeline in Boston have pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges.

Akatea rallies from last to win Belmont Park feature

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 5:20pm

Akatea rallied from last to capture the $80,000 allowance feature for fillies and mares on the turf Friday at Belmont Park.

Tesla driver killed while using Autopilot loved fast cars

Mark Gillispie and John Seewer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 4:21pm

Joshua Brown, the first U.S. fatality in a wreck involving a car in self-driving mode, had an adventurous streak with a "need for speed" but also was a brilliant innovator and beloved neighbor, say those who knew the Navy veteran.

Boone County school board rejects state-mandated cuts

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 4:20pm

The Boone County school board has voted to reject orders from state Schools Superintendent Michael Martirano to severely cut employee pay and benefits and lay off workers.

Officials: Man held in Oregon farm shooting deported 6 times

Gillian Flaccus, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 4:10pm

A Mexican national charged with aggravated murder in the shooting deaths of three people at a rural Oregon blueberry farm had been deported six times, most recently in 2013, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

US says up to 116 civilians killed in counterterror strikes

Deb Riechmann, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 4:01pm

Peeling back some of the secrecy of America's drone strikes on suspected terrorists, the Obama administration on Friday said it has killed up to 116 civilians in counterterror attacks in Pakistan, Yemen and other places where the U.S. is not engaged in active, on-the-ground warfare.

The Latest: Court rejects lawmaker maps for Wake Co. boards

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 4:00pm

The Latest on the decision by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on redistricting for Wake County school and commissioner boards (all times local):

New court fees, education laws among those taking effect

Sean Murphy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 4:00pm

Oklahoma residents will be paying more in fees at the courthouse, and lawbreakers will get squeezed for more court costs, under some of the dozens of new laws taking effect this week.

Plan for new jobs under Start-Up NY stalls in upstate county

George M. Walsh, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 3:51pm

A long-vacant textile mill in a rural upstate New York county was just the kind of place targeted for job growth as part of Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo's signature Start-Up NY economic development program.

Renown Health paying $9.5M to settle Medicare fraud claims

Scott Sonner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 3:51pm

Renown Health is paying $9.5 million to settle allegations of Medicare fraud after its former compliance director-turned whistleblower accused management of encouraging "systemic" overcharging — and sometimes double-billing — of hundreds of patients.